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Haynes: Blazers Could Be ‘Most Dangerous Team’ in NBA Playoffs

The Yahoo Sports insider joined Bill Simmons to discuss life in the bubble and the upcoming season restart.

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The Portland Trail Blazers will restart the season as the ninth seed, 3.5 games back of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth and final playoff spot. If Portland stays in ninth, they still have a chance to make the playoffs through play-in games as long as they finish within four games of eighth seed at the end of the initial eight-game restart schedule. Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes told Bill Simmons on his latest podcast that the Blazers could be a “dangerous” team, even for the top-seeded Lakers, if they make the playoffs:

“If Portland gets the play-in game, I think they win it. And if Portland is in this thing, Bill, to me, they’re the most dangerous team in this league. I think if they get in, even if it’s the Lakers at the No. 1 seed, Portland has the potential to take the Lakers to the distance. And if they happen to get by the Lakers, you could see them in the Finals, man.”

Haynes then went to explain his confidence in Portland, citing the team’s improved health and “ultra-motivated” stars:

“[Jusuf] Nurkic is back. Zach Collins is back. Dame and CJ, they have been ultra-motivated. I’m being dead serious, they are ultra-motivated. That’s the scariest team out there.”

In the East, Haynes believes nothing will stop Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks from making the Finals.

You can watch Haynes’s entire podcast appearance, which includes anecdotes about his time in Portland covering the Blazers, below: